Now that we know the 2011 NBA Draft order, projecting the picks becomes less about best player available and more scientific. Before, NBA mock drafts amounted to throwing darts while having to disregard team needs and personnel. But with the NBA Draft lottery in the books, updated 2011 NBA mock drafts are beginning to roll out as various analysts update their projections taking into account Tuesday night's developments.
Draft Express struck quick, putting out its updated mock draft shortly after the lottery came to a close. The top-two should come as no surprise: Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams have risen to the top and are likely to stay there throughout the draft process.
The rest of Draft Express' current top-five can be found below.
No. 1 Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, Duke
No. 2 Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, Arizona
No. 3 Utah Jazz: Kemba Walker, UConn
No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers: Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania
No. 5 Toronto Raptors: Brandon Knight, Kentucky
Five internationals are in the top-10, including Enes Kanter and Bismark Biyombo. Kanter enrolled at Kentucky prior to the 2010 season, but was declared permanently ineligible and never stepped on the floor. Biyombo has wowed observers with his play at all-star games, but questions about his age, and whether he's actually 18, have persisted.
Marcus and Markieff Morris are also projected to be lottery picks, with Marcus projected to come off the No. 10 and Markieff at No. 13. Jimmer Fredette is the 20th pick, projected to land in Minnesota. The rest of Draft Express' 2011 NBA mock draft can be found here.
Tom Ziller will be back with his own mock draft on Wednesday, so be sure to check out his projections. For more on the draft, head over to our 2011 NBA Draft lottery StoryStream.